In two days the state-of-the-art amphibious landing craft USS New York will be commissioned at Pier 88 on Manhattan's west side -- 12th Ave. at W. 48th St.
From flight deck to crew quarters, the L(anding) P(latform) D(ock)s are the most advanced sea-faring machines in terms of design and technology, effectively replacing four older classes of amphibious landing craft.
This modern-day behemoth is 111 feet longer than her battleship namesake. She will carry sea-based platforms, including:
* The V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft
* Three types of helicopters
* 14 expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs) and/or several air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs) for across-the-beach deployments of U.S. Marine Corps and Special Forces personnel.
With our own city council vote taking place and the Atlanta mayoral race just up the interstate, many Lamar County residents were not paying attention to the heated gubernatorial races across the country. To recap, there were some heavy hitting elections at hand.
Republican Chris Christie beat incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey while Republican Bob McDonnell trounced Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia. Democrats also prevented a shut-out by winning an upstate New York congressional seat.
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Georgia is open for business and will remain that way as long as we don’t raise taxes. During times of economic downturns and declining revenues, you will hear a variety of suggestions on how to turn around the economy. These suggestions can be as reasonable as tax incentives for job growth or as outlandish as raising taxes on struggling businesses and families. Raising taxes in Georgia is not an option. Georgia is poised for an economic turn-around utilizing free-market principles.
Companies want to locate where taxes are low. Georgia has one of the lowest corporate income tax rates, ranking 42nd in the nation according to Georgia State University’s Fiscal Research Center. Georgia also ranks 35th in the nation on total per person tax burden, making jobs more attractive. By maintaining these low taxes, Georgia is attracting companies, growing jobs and turning around our economy. Over the next five years, our state should see growth of more than 22,000 jobs and investments over $560 million from companies relocating to Georgia. For example, NCR Corporation announced earlier this summer that is has selected Duluth, GA for its worldwide headquarters campus and Columbus, GA for a new North American manufacturing plant, bringing 2,000 additional jobs. Last year, NCR expanded services in Peachtree City investing over $15 million and creating 560 new jobs. Others companies locating in Georgia include:
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